|Extract from the Kingston Militia List of 1798|
English militias were part-time military units established at the county level for home defence. After a dormant period following the Civil War, they were reinstated by the 1757 Militia Act.
The Lord Lieutenant for each county was responsible for arming, training and mustering able-bodied men. When the Militia was raised, each county was given a quota of men and the Lord Lieutenant would allocate this number between the hundreds in his county.
Lists of able-bodied men between 18 and 50 (after 1762 the age was lowered to 45) in each tithing were drawn up and from these lists the names of those who were to serve in the militia were selected by ballot. These men then either served or found a substitute to take their place. The lists help provide an annual male census for the local area, giving details about men and their family circumstances. They are held in local archives but the coverage of the country is not complete.
|Transcription of the Kingston Militia List of 1798|
You can download the transcription of the 1798 Militia list for Kingston by clicking here.
The Dorset Militia Lists 1757-1860 are available online via Ancestry [a subscription site].